Ilayda Kosagan,
B.B.A., International Business, , Entrepreneurship
International student from Istanbul, Turkey. I went to a French Catholic High school, so no IB classes, but had the Turkish curriculum in French. I mostly applied to American universities, but in the end chose to go to Vancouver, Canada.
Features Included


Hometown Istanbul, Turkey
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
English First Language No
Other Language(s) Spoken Turkish, French, Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Bentley University (Waltham, MA)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Pennsylvania State University - University Park (University Park, PA)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
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University of British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada)

Applied for a B.B.A. in International Business

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

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Lights. Completely sterile room with pale green walls, pale green uniformed nurses, countless monitors and the sound of a steady heartbeat. We're in an operating room. Let's pretend, for the sake of this personal statement, that you are a neurologist with extensive knowledge in your field and you can access and understand every part of a human mind. Today, I'm giving you full authorization to explore my brain. First, you want to see how I think. You start examining my...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
260 Words
Why Boston University? My mother always told me to reach for the best and never settle for less. Having adopted this philosophy, I chose the universities I applied to in a perfectionist manner. Boston University was always in the ‘best’ category among the universities I searched, due to many causes. I was born and raised in a metropolis, and I’ve grown accustomed to the vibe of a big city, the countless opportunities and activities it offers. For this reason,...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
281 Words
What is your favorite word and why? UVa My favorite word, Prophylaxis, has actually been my Whatsapp status for the last year. It is a general term used in medicine for methods of prevention from any type of disease, and in Psychology, it is used as a term to define the process of rearranging our moral system in order not to over value anything thus suffer from excessive emotions. Emotions like affection, frustration, fear and anxiety, can negatively or positively...
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278 Words
A work of art or literature that has moved you- UVa Egon Schiele’s Knee Raked Girl, painted in 1917, is the work of art that has startled and influenced me the most in my life. Famous for his depictions of unhealthy and explicit female figures, Schiele illustrates again in this painting his trademark subject; a bruised and scraped feminine figure. Possibly heavily beaten, or extremely malnourished, in an almost rotting body, the woman is in a defensive position, in order...
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509 Words
UNC-Chapel Hill, Barbara Fredrickson's theory on love Love, as Barbara Fredrickson theorizes, is “micro moments of connection between people, even strangers”. I find this theory to be fascinating, since today our society tends to put so much meaning in this feeling,but the theory simplifies and generalizes it. Fredrickson goes further and states that for such moments of connection to occur between people, all subjects must feel like they’re in a safe environment, and be in contact with one...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
633 Words
Boston University Honors College Essay: "Which corrupts more, power or powerlessness?" Which corrupts more, power or powerlessness? Power rises from powerlessness. Much like in Greek mythology where the universe is created from within Chaos, a state of disorderly presence, at first there is powerlessness. When there comes the moment in which an authority is needed, the powerless assigns a power (this being the case in modern democracies where the state is elected by the people), or a person or group...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
205 Words
UBC collaboration essay “InProSion” was the first Junior Achievement company founded in our school, and we were admittedly quite successful despite our unfamiliarity to the concept. We were a team of 24 students from different grades, meeting twice a week for two months to brainstorm and create a product which we would eventually sell. We divided into departments, and I was elected as the Human Resources Manager. My job was to regulate the communications within the company, and to keep people...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
205 Words
Why Notre Dame? The University of Notre Dame and my high school, Notre Dame de Sion, share more than a similar name; many of the core values of both establishments are common as well. Academic excellence, openness and respect towards different cultures, religions, ethnicities, and awareness of social responsibility are a few of these values that I myself also cherish. I would be honored to get an education in Notre Dame, where I am sure I will be as successful...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
384 Words
Why NYU? I see myself as a character of oppositions. I am organized yet spontaneous, independent yet responsible, and audacious yet reasonable. I would suppress no energy and perseverance when it comes to excelling myself, yet I would also suppress none when it comes to serving those in need. I am generally a calm person, but I tend to get very excited -shaky voice and hopping up and down excited- about the things that interest me. You can see a...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
172 Words
Why Syracuse? I first heard of Syracuse University at a college fair in Istanbul. By then, I had decided on certain aspects I wanted my future college to have, and Syracuse possessed them all. A significant and vibrant international student body, study abroad opportunities (my personal dream would be to spend a year in Hong Kong, China), the possibility of double majoring across schools, and a rigorous business education that is not limited to theory but inserts experience in the...

General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
89 Words
I had a private admissions counselor since I had no one capable of helping me in my school. She was a huge help in proofreading my essays,...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
171 Words
I interviewed with Syracuse and Bentley, both interviewers were very interested in what I had to say and they tried to make me feel comfortable. Syracuse interview was recorded and she furiously took notes, Bentley interview was more laid back and more detailed. I'd say the interview was what earned me...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
120 Words
I think spending at least one month of every summer during high school working is a definitely valuable experience for everyone, paid or not paid.. It gives insight as to how business goes as usual, what...
What set me apart from other applicants
34 Words
I think my work experiences, multicultural background and clear cut...
Post-college plans
32 Words
I'm hoping to work at a grand international company for...
Why I declined other schools
39 Words
The price and immigration after school were the two most important factors...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
65 Words
I applied for full scholarships at Boston University, UNC Chapel Hill and UVa, and only received a partial scholarship from...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
118 Words
I was deferred as an EA applicant to Georgetown, and afterwards sent a deferral letter explaining how disappointed I was, how I thought Georgetown was the ideal school for me (yes, the usual stuff) and...
My advice about getting recommenders
32 Words
Get a teacher whose class you're not best in to...

High School Performance

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High School TypeInternational
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
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Converted SAT Score1510
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ActivitiesModel Congress / Model UN, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Tutoring/Mentoring
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